The 33-year-old Frenchman would have been out of contract next month, and Manchester United’s imminent £27million acquisition of Southampton left back Luke Shaw appeared to pave the way for his departure.
But Evra, who had been linked with Inter Milan and Juventus as well as a return to France with Paris Saint-Germain, has surprisingly decided to prolong his Old Trafford career into a 10th season.
Evra made the required number of appearances last season to activate an option to extend his £6million-a-year deal. It is understood that new boss Louis van Gaal made it clear that he wanted Evra to stay and share the left back duties with Shaw.
Evra, who joined United for £5.5million from Monaco in January 2006, has remained non-committal over his future for most of the season.
There have been a lot of rumours, but I have not decided anything yet,’ he said earlier this month.
‘My agent will have a meeting with Manchester and we will see.
‘Look, everyone knows how much I love this club. It’s difficult. The reason is an important reason. And you will see. I will tell if I am staying or leaving this club at the end of the season.’
Confirmation of his decision arrived yesterday with the release of the Barclays Premier League retained lists.
Shortly afterwards, the club issued a statement saying: ‘Manchester United is delighted to announce that Patrice Evra’s contract has been extended by a year, taking the popular Frenchman’s stay at Old Trafford into a 10th season.’
Evra played 45 times in all competitions last season, but it was a desperately disappointing season as United finished in seventh place under David Moyes.